Category: Europe

EU: Ansa Regrets Dutch decision

| 01/07/2011 | Reply
EU: Ansa Regrets Dutch decision

ANSA (Association of Non Stun Abattoirs) has expressed dismay at the decision of the Dutch lower parliament to pass a law that would ban ritual slaughter in accordance with both Jewish law, known as shechita, and Muslim law, known as halal.

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EU: Stunning of cattle a big issue in Europe’s abattoirs

| 30/06/2011 | Reply
EU: Stunning of cattle a big issue in Europe’s abattoirs

The Dutch Parliament has angered Muslims and Jews by moving to ban killing of animals in abattoirs without stunning first. Ritual killing for religious reasons must now be preceded in the Netherlands by the use of a gas or electric stun gun.

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EU: Dutch approve ban on religious animal slaughter

| 28/06/2011 | Reply
EU: Dutch approve ban on religious animal slaughter

The Dutch parliament passed a bill Tuesday banning the slaughter of livestock without stunning it first, removing an exemption that has allowed Jews and Muslims to butcher animals according to their centuries-old dietary rules. However, the bill must still pass the Senate, which is unlikely before the summer recess.

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EU: Halal Debate Adds to Dutch Muslims’ Woes

| 28/06/2011 | Reply
EU: Halal Debate Adds to Dutch Muslims’ Woes

Last week, Jews and Muslims wrung a concession out of lawmakers when the lower house agreed to an amendment. If religious organizations can show that their method of slaughter causes no more pain than industrial slaughtering, they will obtain a license for five years.

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UK: Asda celebrates 10 years with £1bn sales of local food

| 24/06/2011 | Reply
UK: Asda celebrates 10 years with £1bn sales of local food

On the day that Asda celebrates its 10th year working with local suppliers, the retailer announces that is has clocked up £1bn of sales since it began working with local and ethnic suppliers in 2001.

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Spain: Export Demand Driving Spanish Halal Food Sector

| 23/06/2011 | 1 Reply
Spain: Export Demand Driving Spanish Halal Food Sector

Spanish Halal production is on the rise, with more than one hundred meat businesses currently holding the Halal certification (20% more than in 2008). Despite the growing domestic demand, Spain exports around 70 per cent of all its halal production with exports covering products such as meats, vegetable oils, cheese and spices.

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EU: Dutch Jews, Muslims appeal ritual slaughter plan

| 18/06/2011 | Reply
EU: Dutch Jews, Muslims appeal ritual slaughter plan

Jewish and Muslim representatives Thursday appealed to Dutch lawmakers not to enforce plans requiring animals to be stunned before halal and kosher slaughtering rituals. Dutch law required animals to be stunned before being slaughtered but made an exception for ritual halaal and kosher slaughters.

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Malaysia: HP Sauce And Tabasco Are Certified Halal

| 18/06/2011 | Reply
Malaysia: HP Sauce And Tabasco Are Certified Halal

The brand owners for HP Sauce and Tabasco, HJ Heinz and Mclhenny Company, refuted recent claims that both brands are not halal-certified. The companies said in a statement Friday that both brands are in full compliance of regulatory guidelines by their respective halal certified bodies.

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Turkey: Turkey to issue “Halal” certificates as of Fall 2011

| 17/06/2011 | 1 Reply
Turkey: Turkey to issue “Halal” certificates as of Fall 2011

Chairman of the Turkish Standards Institute (TSE), Hulusi Senturk, said Thursday that a list of standards for “halal food” was accepted by 33 Islamic countries in a meeting that took place in Cameroon on May 16 and 17.

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EU: Special labeling of non stunned meat removed from EU legislation

| 17/06/2011 | Reply
EU: Special labeling of non stunned meat removed from EU legislation

The European Council and the European Parliament agreed this week that the new food information regulation will not include a requirement that all kosher and halal meat would be labeled “meat from slaughter without stunning”.

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Singapore: CrescentRating to promote Halal Friendly Travel in the Balkans

| 14/06/2011 | Reply
Singapore: CrescentRating to promote Halal Friendly Travel in the Balkans

Singapore based Crescentrating have joined hands with the Islamic Community in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Agency for Halal Quality Certification to promote Halal Friendly Travel services and facilities in the region.

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EU: Resistance grows to ritual slaughter ban

| 10/06/2011 | Reply
EU: Resistance grows to ritual slaughter ban

Resistance is growing to the proposed ban on ritual slaughter which would stop the production of kosher and halal meat in the Netherlands, the Volkskrant reports on Thursday.

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Opinion: Trip to the Balkans – Part 1

| 09/06/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Trip to the Balkans –  Part 1

It was my first visit to the Balkans, where I was doing a series of Halal Workshops, and I was struck by the natural beauty of the region. They all have plenty to offer; great views of nature, beautiful mountain ranges, sprawling valleys, historic old towns… really great places to explore!

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UK: Meat Management Awards 2011 – Best Poultry Product

| 09/06/2011 | Reply
UK: Meat Management Awards 2011 – Best Poultry Product

This year saw Lancashire based family firm Gafoor Poultry Products awarded as a
finalist in the best poultry product category with two entries from their own brand ‘Gafoor Pure Halal’.

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Anuga will be Oct. 8-12 in Cologne, Germany

| 02/06/2011 | Reply
Anuga will be Oct. 8-12 in Cologne, Germany

Anuga is a global food and beverage fair held every two years in the Koelnmesse Convention Center, Cologne, Germany. Anuga’s unique concept of featuring 10 specialized trade show segments in one location has been highly successful in matching exhibitors with their right target audience.

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UK: London’s Edgware Road is a crossroads of East and West

| 28/05/2011 | Reply
UK: London’s Edgware Road is a crossroads of East and West

This is the time of year when Edgware bursts into activity as visitors from the Gulf migrate to the fashionable London district to escape the summer heat. Edgware Road’s microculture hints at an intriguing global multicultural future for the Arab and Muslim worlds.

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Germany: Munich Airport Opens Muslim Prayer Room in Terminal 1

| 25/05/2011 | Reply
Germany: Munich Airport Opens Muslim Prayer Room in Terminal 1

Serving as a gateway to the Middle East is Module C in Terminal 1, where airlines such as Emirates, Etihad Airways and Oman Air offer flights to major centers in the region. In addition to signage in German, English and Arabic, the food services in departure area feature halal menu selections.

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France: Staying Halal in Paris will not take you out of your way

| 21/05/2011 | Reply
France: Staying Halal in Paris will not take you out of your way

Paris is a treasure trove of restaurants showcasing food from all over the Middle East and North Africa, with a vast choice of patisseries and bakeries, gourmet caterers and halal butchers. Here is a short city guide for those looking to search for these places.

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UK: New Cocoa Replacer developed to Combat Spiralling Prices

| 18/05/2011 | Reply
UK: New Cocoa Replacer developed to Combat Spiralling Prices

Fayrefield Foodtec has developed a new Halal certified cocoa replacer at a time when cocoa powder is soaring to £5 a kilo. This is coming at a time when manufacturers are finding margins under increasing pressure.

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UK: Halal Kitchen at Mill Wharf, Birmingham

| 18/05/2011 | Reply
UK: Halal Kitchen at Mill Wharf, Birmingham

Enta, based in Mill Wharf, provides halal food to businesses, social events and nurseries in the city. The Mill Wharf site, which offers catering and deliveries, was built by the social enterprise’s own construction trainees and tutors.

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